Pro wrestler arrested
A professional wrestler in Baton Rouge for a performance was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly groped a woman outside a hotel, city police said.
Scott Oliver Hall, 39, of Chuluota, Fla., was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery and disturbing the peace by public intoxication after the 9:30 a.m. incident, Cpl. Don Kelly said.
A 56-year-old woman told police she was waiting for a co-worker in her car outside the Radisson Hotel on Constitution Avenue when she saw Hall standing near her car door, Kelly said. She recognized him and rolled down her window to speak to him, Kelly said.
Hall allegedly reached into the car, grabbed her breast and pulled her hand up near his crotch, Kelly said. He was arrested at his hotel room, Kelly said.
Hall could not be reached for comment Thursday.
The hotel did not show him to be registered there, a desk clerk said.
The other intriguing factor in the statement is that Hogan never defeated the Road Warriors either, despite both being stars for many years. To be technical, Hogan has beaten a "Warrior" since he did wrestle on the winning teams in the 1995 (09/17/95) and 1996 (09/15/96) War Games and technically every competitor in those bouts could be deemed a warrior.
Question: Hey, Vince... how does it strike you that Warrior won his case with you?
McMahon: He hasn't yet.
Question: Internet fans have been mostly supportive of the WWF in the past. Were you surprised at the overwhelming negative reaction they got regarding the Bret Hart situation. Even long-time WWF fans are fed up and expressing outrage.
Eric Bischoff (Speaker): No, I wasn't surprised. In fact, the only thing I was surprised about was that Vince McMahon didn't consider the type of fallout that was to come of his decision. Wrestling fans are incredibly loyal and a demanding lot. They are willing to put up with a lot of bizarre/questionable decisions, both from a creative and business point of view...but when you stoop as low as McMahon did with someone held in as high a regard as Bret Hart or a Ric Flair, then you are clearly underestimating the loyalty of your fan base. That's what surprised me the most.
[Hogan makes his way down with Bischoff and the Disciple.]
[Bischoff holds a 'Bischoff for President' sign.]
Eric Bischoff: Hey hey hey hey hey. And to my brother down here, I ALREADY AM THE PRESIDENT! I love me!
Hollywood Hogan: Well, I guess everybody realizes by now, NWO Hollywood don't play no more stinkin' games. You know, as far as JJ Dillon comin' out here, tryin' to put a wrinkle on our plans in War Games, well brother, it would be an honor to get in the ring, take care of the red and black NWO, the WCW all at one time, all of yesterday's garbage like Kevin Nash, and Diamond Dallas Page. But let me tell you somethin', boys. Hollywood's gonna be your champion whether you like it or not. I'm gonna be the man that takes wrestling into the new millennium, with the gold around my waist because it's mine. And Diamond Dallas Page -- you beat-up, ugly-lookin' creep -- well, I guess I'm gonna have to etch the lesson on your forehead, brother, because you don't make no stinkin' rules around here. You don't bring no opponents to the table, brother. Mr. Bischoff is the boss, he's the master, he signs all the documents, and Diamond Dallas Page - you couldn't get it done, you couldn't bring anybody even if you had to, brother. And by the way, who is out there that Hollywood can't handle, brother? [Goldberg chant starts] Who is out there that Hollywood can't put under his thumb, the God of Wrestling or something? Well, sorry you didn't recognize me without my sandals on, Page, but I'm the man, I always will be. There's not a wrestler I can't beat to get my belt back. There's not a war that I can't win to get my belt back. And there's not a warrior in the world that I can't beat to get my belt back. [Lights begin to flicker] Because I've beat....
Bobby Heenan: Uh-oh.
Tony Schiavone: We're having a power surge here, or...
Bobby Heenan: Who knows? I don't like this.
[Lights go out completely and blue spotlights begin to appear at the entranceway and the ramp.]
Tony Schiavone: Fans, I...I'm sorry, I don't..
[Warrior speaks in a muddled voice over that is unintelligible.]
[Warrior appears at the entranceway and walks down the aisle.]
Tony Schiavone: What is this?
Bobby Heenan: I don't know.
Tony Schiavone: Just a silhouette of man that we see right now...but would you listen to the fans?
[We see Hogan's face staring at Warrior in disbelief, his lower jaw quivering.]
Tony Schiavone: And look at the face of a...his..his bottom lip is quivering!
Bobby Heenan: (realizing who it is) OH MY GOODNESS!
Mike Tenay: Oh yeah, the fans recognize him and so does Hogan!
Bobby Heenan: OOOH!
Tony Schiavone: And so do we! In all my years I never believed I would ever see this!
Bobby Heenan: I can't believe it!
[Warrior enters the ring.]
Tony Schiavone: Unmistakable! It's the Warrior!
Bobby Heenan There's only one, and that's him!
Warrior: Talk to me warriors!
Bobby Heenan: Look at Hogan!
Warrior: Feel the real power, Hogan!
Hollywood Hogan: I...I thought you were dead!
["Warrior" chant begins.]
Warrior: Who holds the absolute power now, Hollywood Hogan? [Pop] Unleash that raising voice, warriors! [Pop]
Tony Schiavone: This is the last thing in the entire universe that Hogan ever expected. And you can see it. I never saw him shake before, but Hogan was shaking.
Warrior: Seems as if no formal introduction is gonna be necessary! [Pop] Actually, it even seems that there are those who anticipated my arrival! [Pop]
Bobby Heenan: Well, they're glad he's here!
Tony Schiavone: Hogan is..Hogan's..I think Hogan is s...I think he's scared to death. I think he wants to make amends.
[Hogan removes his NWO shirt and offers it to the Warrior.]
Tony Schiavone: He..he's doing everything...look at this. He took off...he wants him to join him! He wants him to join him!
Bobby Heenan: There's the act of a coward, right there.
Warrior: What is that smell? [Hogan drops the shirt.] You might wanna use that [the shirt] to clean up the mess you just made all over yourself. [Pop] You need to open your eyes and ears, take control of the limited ability you have to understand the words I am about to say. For years, I have watched while this industry, with you as it's figurehead, try to recreate what is simply unrecreatable. [Pop] I have heard, listened to all the innuendoes and speculation that something ULTIMATE or WARRIOR may soon re-appear. [Pop] Welcome to the reappearance! Those things, Hogan, which are irreplaceable, whether they be people, places, or things, are never forgotten. You are witnessing that RIGHT NOW!
Bobby Heenan: Hogan is visibly shaken.
Tony Schiavone: Hah! I he-d-he-I---speechless. Has no idea where to go, what to say, what to do next. And the fans here are into it!
Bobby Heenan: He's at a loss for words.
Tony Schiavone: Bischoff looks sick. [Eric is doubled over at the stomach.]
Warrior: History tells us, Hogan... [LOUD "Hogan Sucks" chant begins. Warrior signals it to end.] Let's talk about something he doesn't know. [Pop]
Bobby Heenan: Bingo!
Warrior: History tells us, Hogan, that a man's legacy is built from the premise that within his life, the moments lived, once lived, become a piece of his history. Somehow, you have conveniently, even eloquently misplaced pieces of your history. In the one time, epical battle between us, Hogan, you were the quintessential influence of what was good, great, and heroic. But different than you may remember, and albeit you may have beaten myths, legends, giants, and other great men, you NEVER, NEVER beat a warrior. [Pop]
Bobby Heenan: Right up in his face!
Tony Schiavone: Right in his soul is what he is.
Warrior: AND, CERTAINLY, NOT THE ULTIMATE ONE! [Pop] As the victor of that one time battle, I defeated what was, until then, undefeatable. I conquered what was then unconquerable. I dominated what was, until then, indomitable. On that day, you were great. I WAS ULTIMATE! [Pop] Let me introduce myself...to those two fools that stand behind you. Let's see, this...dude [Disciple]...must be your barber. [Slow pop] [Tony, Heenan and Tenay chuckle on that one.] And who are you, little man? [Eric] Who are you?
Tony Schiavone: Introduce yourself, here.
Eric Bischoff: You know who I am. My name is Eric Bischoff and I run this company and who invited you?
Warrior: [laughs] Different than you wanna make people believe, I never received an invitation. I showed up on my own accord. And let me tell you, Mr. Eric Bischoff, if you stick your nose in my business, you will only very quickly prepare for your own demise. [Pop] Furthermore, when I get done with my business here, I'm gonna be sending you a bill. I suggest you pay it. I have...waited...patiently. The WARRIORS have waited all too patiently. Now...NOW...the virtue of justice unties my hands so that I can continue to fulfill a destiny set in motion on that memorable day years ago. A destiny at the next level. A destiny beckoning the next superhero. [Pop] There really is no sadder sight than when a grown man fears the challenges in his life so much that he rationalizes adolescent behavior to the point where he carries out heinous and self-indulgent actions. Your evilness, an evilness you embodied and portray, is intolerable. I am the one that has the power to destroy you. [Pop] In sorts, Hogan, the truth is inexhaustible. I come here, not to beat you up tonight, Hogan. [boos] Beating you means nothing anymore, everybody already has. [Pop]
Bobby Heenan: Now to Hogan, that hurts.
Warrior: No no no no no no no no no, that's too easy. Because you felt guilty for being who you were. Your mind became weak, and Hulkamania became boring. I come here, Hogan, to tell you -- NEXT WEEK -- I intend to launch a revolution not even you can control. [Pop] I ask you to find the courage -- check it out. Next week. Same Warrior time. Same Warrior place. Same Warrior channel. *snort* [Pop]
[The lights dim and the ring quickly fills with smoke. The lights flash 4 or 5 times and then turn back on. The smoke quickly dissipates to reveal the Warrior is gone. Very cool effect as it only takes about 6-8 seconds.]
Tony Schiavone: He has vanished! Ladies and gentlemen, in one of the most mind-boggling and incredible displays that we've ever witnessed on this program, the Warrior has literally vaporized before our very eyes.
Bobby Heenan: Never seen anything like this in my life.
Tony Schiavone: There's never been anything like this in our sport!
[A Batman-like "call signal" is projected to the roof -- a blue circle with a black Warrior logo embedded.]
Tony Schiavone: Look at the sign...don't you DARE touch that dial. Heenan: Uh-uh.
[Fade to commercial]
Here's a brief report of my attendance at Nitro....there wasn't much you didn't see on TV, so I'll make it brief.
Before Nitro, not much really happened. David Penzer came out at about 6:45 to give Warrior t-shirts to the crowd. Not surprisingly, only people in the first row of seats got them. He then told those people to wear the shirts and they would be on TV.
The first hour was one of the most worthless series of matches I've ever seen on a live TV program. I did note that a big white light goes on over the announcers' position to signal a commercial when a match is still going on. Both the ref and Malenko kept looking towards the podium until the light went back off. Also, as what happened last time Nitro was in Chicago, just about everyone gets booed except the Wolfpac. Goldberg, the Warrior, Hogan, you name it - everyone got booed.
Also similar to last time, it's terribly hard to hear the interviews in the arena. The music for the entrances is loud and clear, but you really have to look at the monitors and read lips to make sense of the interviews. Especially with Tony - everytime Tony attemepted to conduct a interview the guy next to me yelled "Speak up, fatass!"
As you saw on TV, the Warrior was booed, Goldberg was booed, and the main event, although cheered when it was announced was also booed. Especially when Goldberg pinned a guy not even involved in the match! After the show ended the WCW dream team continued to draw heat from the crowd.
Finally, the commercial breaks were mostly uneventful. There was, of course, the obligatory, flashing contest between two girls. Also, Bret Hart called the fans a bunch of shits during the break in his "match." And Hogan/Giant basically sat in the corner talking to each other during the break, as the Giant attempted to shield Hogan from all of the debris flying into the ring. Speaking of debris, there was definitely less crap tossed in the ring then the last Nitro, when everyone in the entire arena tossed their beer at Hogan at the end of the show. And, only five people that I could count were ejected, as opposed to at least 25 during the last show.
Well, that's all from here - I'm going to the Saturday Night taping tonight, I'll have a report from there up tomorrow!